Oglethorpe offers several special programs to connect students with the city of Atlanta and help them find their place in the world.
First Year Seminars (FYS)
First Year Seminars are experiential courses designed to help students become integrated into the Oglethorpe University community, develop a better understanding of the learning process, and acquire college survival skills. FYS courses offer a stimulating learning experience and focus on specific topics of interest not offered in the traditional curriculum. Topics cover a breadth of fields and the range includes social and environmental issues, local history, fine arts, career development, student success, and more. The variety of topics and the hands-on nature of the course allows students to discover interests and new ideas in a tangible way. Each course is taught by a faculty member with interest or experience in the topic and mentored by student leaders in the sophomore, junior, or senior class. FYS courses give you the opportunity to develop new ideas while orienting themselves in the Oglethorpe community.
Career Development and Exploration
Second, third and fourth semesters are encouraged to enroll in this seminar which is designed to introduce you to a model for career decision making that will be useful in the short and long term. You will explore career theories, assessments and inventories, resources for exploring vocational information, and components of a successful career plan.
Senior Transitions: In the liberal arts environment, you gain a broad education with essential communication and critical thinking skills. It is important that you also learn how to communicate those skills to potential employers or graduate schools. Senior Transitions picks up where Career Development and Exploration leaves off and teaches the skills necessary to implement the career decision.
Exploration Atlanta utilizes local resources to enhance Oglethorpe’s traditional academic courses. Select topics from a series of one-day programs providing in-depth examination of various career fields and industries. In small seminars, discuss topics of interest, meet industry professionals and visit related organizations. Exploration Atlanta allows you to work closely with faculty and colleagues and provides an outlet for continued research in a particular discipline. Choose one or several topics of interest from the mini-courses which change each year and are offered during the spring semester.
Exploration Week provides a concentrated look at an individual area of study that is enriched by first-hand experience. This week involves chaperoned travel to locations outside Atlanta to visit sites, meet professionals, learn about careers and take part in educational activities. A variety of topics offered each year combine classroom discussion and trips to related organizations. In the past, students have studied psychology, art, history, urban issues, photography, and theater. Students have also used this opportunity to participate in out-of-town trips. The topics change every year and provide hands-on learning.
Oglethorpe University’s Our Atlanta program takes first year students out of the classroom and into the city by connecting them with Atlanta’s world-class businesses and nonprofit organizations through the First Year Seminar classes. Providing these experiences to our new students underscores Oglethorpe’s vital connection to Atlanta, while bringing the city to life for our students. These meaningful and memorable experiences in the freshmen year will solidify students’ connections to friends of Oglethorpe and to the city, and they, in turn, will become ambassadors for all that Oglethorpe and Atlanta have to offer. When these students graduate and establish their careers in Atlanta, as most Oglethorpe alumni do, they will leave college as engaged, enlivened and contributing citizens of the community that has welcomed them.
Oglethorpe students have experienced a variety of Atlanta’s culturally rich, historic institutions through the Our Atlanta program, including:
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Atlanta History Center
The Carter Center
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention
David J. Sencer CDC Museum (formerly the Global Health Odyssey Museum)
Center for Puppetry Arts
The Coca-Cola Company Headquarters
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
The Georgia Aquarium
High Museum of Art
The King Center
World of Coca-Cola